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Lynette O.'s Comment
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I have posted anything in quite a while. Getting my Class A, completing 2 months on a trainer's truck, upgrading to the next phase and changing from a bad DM in the Western Regional Division to a great DM in the national division, has taken a lot of focus and time. I am totally committed to completing the last 6 months of my contractual obligations. However, this has been not easy by any means.

I DO LOVE trucking but the company I am with really has pushed the line with me.

My biggest problem that I could use some help with is I now have CSA points attached to my record. Here is how I got them. . .before I started school I was insulin dependent. I went through the FMCSA diabetes waiver program which took a total of 6 months and about $1,500 to get. When I started driving, I realized I wanted off the program due to the stringent rules, pulling off the road every 2-4 hours to test my blood sugar levels was the worst of them. So I called the FMCSA and asked them how to get off the program. I was told that my Endocrinologist had to write a statement on his letterhead that I am off insulin. I specifically asked them if that was it. They said that was it. I had already started the process of changing my lifestyle eating better and doing a lot of walking (lost about 50 lbs). When I went for my first mandated quarterly Endocrinologist appt, he took me off the insulin. He faxed and mailed the required letter to the FMCSA. I immediately, called my compliance department and spoke with the MANAGER. I told him about the change and ASKED him if I needed to do anything else including get another DOT physical. He said the physical that was already done in the beginning is adequate and to get a new one just before it expires in September. I pointed out that that physical stated that it was ONLY valid WITH the waiver. He remained adamant that a new physical was not needed. Well, I went out and continued driving based on his supposed knowledge. I was stopped for a routine DOT inspection while in Ohio on the Friday evening at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. Since I came up in the system as having my waiver end on April 28th he gave me a violation (not a citation) and suspended me from driving till I could correct the problem. So I had to wait to get any answers about how to resolve this on Tuesday. I called the FMCSA informed them of the problem and was told that they got the letter and removed me from the program. BUT I needed to get a new physical. This was the first time they mentioned that step in the process. I also called the useless compliance Mgr and informed him that YES I did need a physical. He then ran an MVR on me and told me that not only was my CDL not valid but the company AND myself got CSA points from the situation. He also started pressuring me to get it to be someone else at fault so that the company could get the points removed. Up to this point I had been pleasant and gracious with everyone involved in this situation. However, this was the breaking point and I finally told him that I hold HIM responsible since he should have made sure that the information he was giving me was correct, even if he had to research the correct answer and get back to me.

I can't figure out who is putting the CSA points on my record. No one will admit to it. I am very protective of my license. I drove Class B city transit buses for 7yrs with a spotless record and my last citation was 22 years ago. I feel I need to pursue this but don't know where to turn.

So if anyone out there could give me an idea of what I can do, I would be truly grateful.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Pianoman's Comment
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Wow that's crazy. I don't know how you got off insulin, but good for you. You must have Type 2 diabetes, I guess?? I am insulin dependent and have the federal exemption. Yes, it's a huge pain in the butt. But I can't get off insulin--until they find a cure for type 1 diabetes I will be dependent for life.

Sorry the compliance officer gave you incorrect information. I don't know why he would tell you that you didn't need a new physical. Not sure what to tell you to do. Get lawyer and fight the violation in court?? I mean, the medical card and long form both say they are only valid if accompanied by the federal diabetes exemption, and you didn't have it, so the officer was 100% correct in putting you out of service for that.

Pianoman's Comment
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Lol I also was just goofing around on the TT tracker app and realized you are literally about a block away from me haha.

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